Police Says Calm Returns To Barnesville, Kebbah Community

Scene from the incident yesterday (Photo credit: FPA)

Calm has been restored at the Barnesville, Kebbah Community after tensions erupted as a result of the death of one motorcyclist, Rodus Vormor, and an unidentified passenger by a truck driver, Abou Sheriff.

The incident occurred at 10:00 a.m. when an angry mob went on the rampage in avenging the death of the motorcyclist and the unidentified passenger. They were demanding the burning of the truck, marked H-14455 that was driven by suspect Abou Sheriff.

The protesters used petrol bombs, glass bottles, and stones to attack Police officers who had arrived on the scene to avert the burning of the truck and bring the situation under control.

Visible wound of Helena Nimley at the THT Hospital in Barnesville (Photo credit: FPA)

In the process, a female, Helena Nimely, sustained deep wound and is currently undergoing treatment at the THT hospital in Barnesville. Dr. Dee George confirmed the wound but assured her stability that she will sooner or later be discharged.

“We wish to clarify that no round was fired as was reported on social media. It is also important to note that besides the two deaths that resulted from the accident, no one died contrary to false information being circulated by rumor-mongers,” the LNP said in a release.

Rodus Vormor was pronounced dead on arrival at the James David Medical Center and was later transferred to the St. Moses Funeral Home while the unidentified passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at the JFK hospital.

The statement noted that police authorities are in contact with the families of the deceased and the lady that sustained the injury.

It said six persons have been arrested in connection to the violent protest and are undergoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck is currently in Police custody and is undergoing investigation.

“We assure the public of our commitment to ensuring that justice prevails in this matter,” the Police statement concluded.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.